Helping colorectal cancer patients through recovery

The London Cancer Alliance organised a health and well-being event (HWBE) for those affected by colorectal cancer, which was attended by over 90 people.

HWBEs, an integral part of the recovery package, are one-stop clinics where those living with and beyond cancer - and their families and carers - can get the information they need at the end of treatment to support them to take an active role in their recovery. The information should enable them to make changes to promote healthy lifestyle choices, and help them to manage the consequences of the cancer and its treatment.

The aim of the LCA colorectal event was two-fold: firstly to meet the needs of people living with and beyond colorectal cancer recently treated within the LCA, and, secondly, to act as a learning opportunity for healthcare professionals who may be planning to hold HWBEs in their own organisations.

There were presentations by expert healthcare professionals, which provided the background to colorectal cancer, the importance of physical activity and healthy eating, and managing worry and anxiety. Breakout sessions gave participants an opportunity to learn more about how to manage specific consequences of colorectal cancer, including stoma care, managing a changed bowel habit, peripheral neuropathy and a chance to try out a physical activity class.

Further support and information was available in a marketplace of stalls run by charities, including Look Good, Feel Better, Macmillan Cancer Support, Beating Bowel Cancer, Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, and Walking for Health.

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